CANTOS (Canakinumab Antiinflammatory Thrombosis Outcome Study) confirmed interleukin (IL)–1β as an appealing therapeutic target for human atherosclerosis and related complications. However, there are serious gaps in our understanding of IL-1 production in atherosclerosis. Herein the authors show that complex plaques, or plaques derived from patients with suboptimally controlled hyperlipidemia, or on no or low-intensity statin therapy, demonstrated higher recruitable IL-1β production. Generation of mature IL-1β was matched by IL-1α release, and both were attenuated by inhibition of NLR family pyrin domain containing 3 or caspase. These findings support the inflammasome as the main pathway for IL-1α/β generation in atherosclerosis and high-intensity lipid-lowering therapies as primary and additional anti-IL-1-directed therapies as secondary interventions in high-risk patients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine